Plans to enable former chemists to become a restaurant


A planning application has been submitted to enable an empty retail unit in the village centre to be changed into a restaurant.

Mr Yeramian is proposing to change of the use of 67 London Road, from retail (A1) and offices (B1) to a restaurant (A3).

The four storey building, including a basement, is currently vacant with the ground floor last being occupied by Cedrics Chemist and the first and second floors having been used for offices.

There is currently no specific restaurant use envisaged for the property but the change of use would enable the premises, which have been vacant for 12 months, to be marketed for as a potential restaurant.

The application states that "Whilst considerable effort has been put into the marketing of the property since August 2016 there is simply no interest in utilising the ground floor for retail purposes. This is despite the incentives which have been offered in the form of rent free periods and reduced rentals. The result is that the premises have been vacant for 12 months and this empty shop unit has made no contribution to the vitality and viability of the village.

"The shop front is also now starting to detract from the visual appearance of the area. Since the proposed change of use would only increase the amount of non-retail frontage present on London Road by 2% I would suggest that this would not cause any significant harm to the vitality and viability of the village."

The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/4127M. The last date for submitting comments is 5th September and a decision is expected by 6th October.

Cedrics, Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Charlie Gaughan
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 5:16 pm
Good glad to see something happening good luck
Freya Davison
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 5:25 pm
I don't really know what else would work, back in days of yore when there was no Trafford centre, readily accessible national and international brands or internet people would shop locally, because there wasn't really any other option.
I also rarely ever see shops open with stuff you actually might want to draw customers in and enable payment of rent and rates and so on. Alderley does like to socialise though.
Maybe a rotating pop up venue where different traders can come to the village, rent as long as you like perhaps for a minimum of 1 month, max 3 so nobody gets into financial trouble and shoppers don't get bored, allows for smaller businesses, perhaps even market stall holders to have a 'shop' in the village as well as larger ones who want to do it for fun. Cater to all ages and demographics. Actually I'd quite like to see that.
Malcolm Gatley
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 5:38 pm
We don't need any more restaurants in Alderly Edge
Jon Williams
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 5:53 pm
Can't wait, as we need another restaurant don't we !
Helen Gaughan
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 8:59 pm
My shop is next door to the old chemist ... As such , is now becoming somewhat of a blot on the landscape , especially as the Parish Council and Alderley in Bloom have invested so much time , energy and money into the village . It is unfortunate that independent traders can no longer envisage a long-term plan in such uncertain times in retailing .... I feel the worries of the Grantham's , the Wienholt's , the AVB and ALL businesses feeling the pinch .... Personally AND professionally , It's a tough pitch out there ..... And realistically whether another eaterie arrives or not . Does the village need an empty Thresher's ? An eyesore for years whilst Pizza Express kept battling for planning ?? Or do we , as a village , come to terms that London Road continues to shift from 9-5 retail to an after-hours destination ?? Ladies and gentlemen .... This is just an observation from my shop , yes a charity shop which has operated in the village for 30 years ( I have been there 20 of those years !! ) Yet like so many other business owners we have watched many others come and sadly leave .... My interpretation is that high street and village shopping have eroded during the years I have worked in retail . I'm very sad to say that the good old days of the grocer , fishmonger , hardware shops etc have been consigned to history ..... But don't worry folks !! This time next year M&S will be alive and kicking and all will be well !!! ( tongue clearly in cheek for those of you who don't know me ... )
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 1:09 pm
Nat. West bank is gone.
What moves in?
I've heard just two rumours: a proposed bar has been turned down and a lady's dress shop hasn't been turned down.
Anyone know for sure?
Helen Gaughan
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 11:19 pm
Hi Duncan !! I believe ladies' retail is going into the vacant NatWest site...